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Olivier Bachelot

Project leader, Table de Cocagne de la Haute Borne’

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background ;

Gardener and retailer.

Horticultural studies / Angers – 19  years experience in mass market retailing (Stores, Procurement and online retail) – Member of CCFD Terre Solidaire

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Creating the first organic and solidarity-based restaurant/caterer service, designed according to the concept « from the garden to the table » and a real living space, with diversity and social bonds at the heart of the European Scientific Parc of Haute Borne. La Table de Cocagne of Haute Borne, is a natural extension of Jardin de Cocagne, located nearby (organic market-garden of 4 hectares) will offer :

  • An alternative cooking: organic and creative, enhancing the quality and taste of seasonal vegetables and fruits from market gardening.
  • An approach in the favor of socio-professional inclusion that creates jobs (19 jobs in 4 years of which 15 are employees on inclusion programs) and pre-qualification for a professional project in the field of restaurant business.
  • A proximity and development of partnerships with businesses of the Parc, with a space dedicated to meetings, training and business seminars.
  • Cooking workshops for employees of Haute Borne and the students of Cité Scientifique.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?


IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

An economic, social, and environment-friendly solution to meet the growing consumer demand for a new « food governance system» which would reinforce the link between producers and consumers and give a new meaning to the production activity and the act of consumption.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you:

In response to a changing world, you better think the change than change the band-aid ! Francis Blanche